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Ipswich Policy Area

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Ipswich has relatively tight administrative boundaries and there are cross boundary issues that are relevant to the development and future of the Borough, the urban area of Ipswich and surrounding areas. This has long been recognised with the identification of the ‘Ipswich Policy Area’ (IPA).

An IPA Board consisting of councillors and officers from Babergh, Mid Suffolk and Suffolk Coastal District Councils, Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk County Council is a key vehicle for cross boundary planning in the IPA.

The terms of reference of the IPA Board have been approved by each member authority and are shown below:

Action notes from the meetings, once agreed by the Board, will be available to view on this page together with published discussion papers.

Ipswich Borough Council has also prepared a Duty to co-operate statement and accompanying Ipswich Policy Area map which explains the approach to working with other bodies on strategic planning matters. The Duty to co-operate statement was updated in December 2015 to accompany submission of the Ipswich Local Plan to the Government for Examination during 2016.

A Memorandum of Understanding relating to planning for housing and employment development within the Ipswich Housing Market Area and Ipswich Functional Economic Area was signed in June 2016.

View further information on the Local Plan.

Contact Details

Ipswich Borough Council,
Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,

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01473 432000